Monday 26 September 2016

VMAs 2015: Will Taylor 'Kanye' Kanye? Who's performing? Here's everything you need to know

Published 26/08/2015 | 14:23

He's the father of a baby Kardashian and rap royalty, but in popular culture, we all remember Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Best Female Video in 2009. West insisted Beyonce's song Single Ladies was the 'Video of the Decade' to a flabbergasted Swift.
He's the father of a baby Kardashian and rap royalty, but in popular culture, we all remember Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Best Female Video in 2009. West insisted Beyonce's song Single Ladies was the 'Video of the Decade' to a flabbergasted Swift.
Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj

Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, and Taylor Swift all in the same room? This year's VMAs look set to be as eventful as ever...

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Can Miley's twerking with Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMAs ever be topped?  We're pretty sure she'll try to outdo herself as she hosts this year's ceremony at the Microsoft Theatre in LA on Sunday.

She announced the gig on Instagram: “F**k yeah VMAs!!!!! #VMAs on @MTV Aug 30 at 9pm,” attached to a picture of herself holding signs while wearing a green extraterrestrial costume.

Does this hint at what's to come?  If so, it's pretty tame by Miley's standards.

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Performers have also just been announced and the confirmed line-up includes Pharell, Demi Lovato, The Weeknd, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, Twenty One Pilots with A$AP Rocky.

We'll be very surprised if Ed Sheeran doesn't emerge as one of the surprise guests.

As for what we can expect from the performances, chances are Pharrell will perform Freedom, in what will be his very first VMA performance.

Since Demi Lovato tweeted "I'M PLAYING THE #VMAs BITCHES!!!!!!!! #CoolForTheSummerVMA @MTV" she will probably play Cool for the Summer, although she may just be trying to throw fans off.

Tom Cruise has lip synched The Weeknd's song on TV so it's about time the artist who actually wrote it had a chance to sing Can't Feel my Face on TV too.  This will mark his first TV performance of the hit song.

Two years ago Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed Same Love and now they'll probably do Growing Up. Expect tears from the crowd if not the lads themselves and a possible surprise appearance from Ed Sheeran.

Tori Kelly will probably sing Should've Been Us but it's not so easy to predict what Twenty One Pilots will do with A$AP Rocky, which is great, because the more unpredictable the better.

In terms of gongs, it has already been announced that Kanye West will be presented with the lifetime achievement award, otherwise known as the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award.

It may be a cunning ploy to distract Kanye from stage storming again given his penchant for doing so during other artists' acceptance speeches (Taylor Swift in 2009 and Beck last year).

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Ostensibly it's to recognise his “ground-breaking videos, legendary performances and continued impact of music, art, fashion and culture.”

We also suspect that Taylor may 'Kanye' Kanye by interrupting his acceptance speech, in jest of course, because they're besties now.  Fans have already taken to Twitter to demand Taylor present the Yeezus singer with his gong. 

Given they already kissed and made up at the Grammys, however, they might just let this sleeping dog lie.  Taylor will be busy elsewhere as she will unveil her new 'Wildest Dreams' video on the night, and there's that awkward Twitter spat with Nicki Minaj over the Video of the Year award to address...

The VMAs were criticised by Nicki Minaj for not including her Anaconda video as a contender, prompting Taylor - a nominee - to take umbrage.

Anaconda is nominated for Best Hip-hop video and Best Female video but Minaj complained it had missed out on the Video of the Year category.

She told fans: "If I was a different 'kind' of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well."

"When the 'other' girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination," she said, adding: "Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it."

Swift accused Minaj of pitting "women against each other" but she later apologised: "I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki."

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Taylor Swift leads the VMA way with nine nominations, so she will be omnipresent on the night.

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